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    Default Accessing DVD Drive

    I installed the codecs and tools to play restricted format content on my system and it worked for about a day. However, now every time I try to play a DVD I get an error from VLC and if I try to access the drive I get this message:

    An error occurred while accessing 'whatever the movie title may be' the system responded: org.freedesktop.Hal.Device.PermissionDenidByPolicyrg.freedesktop.hal.storage.mount-removable no

    I'm assuming this is the reason VLC can't access it and I searched on the subject and saw that this has to do with how permissions are setup. I tried searching for a howto on setting the permission for my user though and couldn't find it. I just need to know where to go to find that information.

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    I may have to just start a different thread here. I figured out that this issue is related to another one I'm having. My system is not always booting to the desktop for my user. It goes to a text based screen instead (I think this is verbose). Usually if I ctrl alt del a couple times it will finally boot up properly, straight to the desktop for my user, and when it does I have all the necessary permissions but if in verbose I put in my username and password and then do a startx it doesn't have them. I can go into the terminal and do an su - and get it to actually play video but there's no audio and there's just a lot of other issues. When I can get it to boot straight to the user everything is working properly.

    I was told by to caf4926 to post my menu.lst on this subject. That is:

    VGA=0x317

    I don't know if that is correct of not. It does look like there is a space after the 7 though.

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    Default Re: Accessing DVD Drive

    I'm sure you have inadvertently been running as root and installing apps from there. At least that's the impression I got from your earlier thread:
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    the vga= is just a small part of the menu which relates to your graphics display.
    When your machine goes to verbose mode, you should be more interested in looking at the text and seeing if errors give you clues to any underlying issues, rather than giving the traditional 3 fingered windows salute.
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    About your first post, it may be related to what group your drive belongs, usually group 'disk'.
    Check if your user belongs to the same group. Adding yourself to group 'disk' may lead to some (improbable) security issues - mainly that as a regular user you may be able to write to some restricted directories if you try hard enough. I never had this problem, YMMV.

    If you wish you may rule out permissions issues by running the player as root (use su, do not log as root as a number of evil things may happen to you, like getting fired, your cat dying, etc. ). If you can play the DVD, then it's a permissions problem, probably as described above.

    Also make sure you're not mixing videolan and packman libraries, as they have problems together. See Oldcpu's stickies on multimedia for more info, basically you should use videolan only for decss and packman for everything else.

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    Default Re: Accessing DVD Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by brunomcl View Post
    About your first post, it may be related to what group your drive belongs, usually group 'disk'.
    Check if your user belongs to the same group. Adding yourself to group 'disk' may lead to some (improbable) security issues - mainly that as a regular user you may be able to write to some restricted directories if you try hard enough. I never had this problem, YMMV.

    If you wish you may rule out permissions issues by running the player as root (use su, do not log as root as a number of evil things may happen to you, like getting fired, your cat dying, etc. ). If you can play the DVD, then it's a permissions problem, probably as described above.

    Also make sure you're not mixing videolan and packman libraries, as they have problems together. See Oldcpu's stickies on multimedia for more info, basically you should use videolan only for decss and packman for everything else.
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    I'm sure you have inadvertently been running as root and installing apps from there. At least that's the impression I got from your earlier thread:
    I did enter a 3 at the boot menu and enter there to configure the display but I didn't do anything else from the root as user because I didn't know how to start the desktop. It only after installing and configuring the ATI drivers started going to verbose. Always before it went straight to the desktop as the only user that I setup.

    I will try to look for any errors. I didn't really see any initially though it just shows me my hardware configuration and asks for a login. The main reason that I've been ctrl alt del it is that it works. Eventually the system boots correctly when I do that.


    brunomcl,

    Everything does work fine when the system boots straight to the the user but for some reason when I have to boot through verbose it doesn't. I mistakenly thought that something had changed but the only thing that had changed was the way I booted into the desktop.

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    I rebooted again to check and I was right no errors show up. It goes through loading different hardware and services and they all have a nice green "done" next to them. There are a few that could possibly be errors.

    One reads "No configuration found for eth1" and then says "unused" on the right.

    The othe one says "Not starting NFS client services - no NFS found in /etc/fstab:" unused.

    the other reads "Master Resource Control: runlevel 5 has been reached" and then "sys reached" next to it.

    The last one reads "skipped services in runlevel 5:" and then in yellow next to it "nfs"


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    I already did that and it worked great. It's just that it only works when the sysem boots properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elduderino9 View Post
    ... it only works when the system boots properly.
    I think maybe your problem is not about multimedia, but how you're booting.

    To enter verbose mode at the boot progress screen you only need to press esc to see scrolling text instead of the nice but uninformative green screen. BUT you'll boot to the exact same user/config as normal. However, if you type something else it may end in the boot options line, with unexpected results.

    The boot messages you listed wouldn't cause your problem. Do you have another user configured in the system? Usually there should be only two, the root (usually hidden in the KDM/GDM menu) and the normal user.

    Also, ALT-CTRL-DEL will not help. you'll end up exactly the same as before. Remember, linux is not windows (it's much, much better )

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    I think maybe your problem is not about multimedia, but how you're booting.
    Yes, that's correct. I entered a poor title to begin with because I didn't realize that the two items were related. Now that I do it has nothing whatsovever to do with the multi-media end of things.

    To enter verbose mode at the boot progress screen you only need to press esc to see scrolling text instead of the nice but uninformative green screen.
    That's the problem that I'm having. It doesn't always boot properly and I don't hit anything it just goes straight to verbose or straight to the desktop.

    Also, ALT-CTRL-DEL will not help. you'll end up exactly the same as before. Remember, linux is not windows
    ALT CTRL DEL does reboot the system at that point. The issue is that sometimes it boots alright and sometimes it doesn't. I don't know why it is booting incorrectly so the only way that I know of to get it to do so is to reboot until it does what it is supposed to.

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    I put the install disc in and told it to repair the existing installation. It says there is an error in the boot loader config. It tried to fix it but it doesn't appear to have worked some I'm hving it run a total repair again just to see if that helps. I really don't want to reinstall.

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